Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

EU may slash bluefin tuna quota in 2011: spokesman

by Staff Writers
Strasbourg (AFP) Oct 20, 2010
The European Commission may substantially slash its fishing quota for bluefin tuna next year to ensure the long-term sustainability of the endangered fish, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The European Union's executive arm is working on proposals for the next meeting of International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) between November 17 and 27 in Paris, spokesman Oliver Drewes told AFP.

The proposals will be based on science, he said.

During a meeting with European parliament lawmakers in Strasbourg, European fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki said "a substantial reduction" of catches "would be the way to go, to ensure a good possibility of having a viable stock until 2020 and a long-term sustainability of it," the spokesman said.

Environmental group WWF welcomed the commissioner's announcement and urged Brussels to make it a centerpiece of the European's position at the ICCAT meeting.

Scientists believe the size of the stock of bluefin tuna is only one-third of sustainable levels, WWF said.

WWF has called for a quota of less than 6,000 tonnes per year. The total allowable catches for 2010 was 13,500 tonnes.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Forgotten: Gulf of Mexico fishermen fear the future
Washington (AFP) Oct 18, 2010
Six months after the largest maritime oil spill, Gulf of Mexico fishing communities fear for their very future while critics say response efforts have evaporated faster than the toxic crude. US President Barack Obama called it America's worst ever environmental disaster and promised to keep the boot on BP until it had compensated claimants and cleaned up every last drop of oil. But with ... read more

Seven million still lack shelter after Pakistan floods: UN

Typhoon destroys rice, corn crops in Philippines

Red Cross appeals for one million dollars for Vietnam floods

Chile miners return to Camp Hope

Apple, Blackberry spar over smartphone sales, tablets

Tech giants Samsung and Apple more friends than rivals

TerraSAR-X And TanDEM-X Flying In Close Formation

TechDemoSat-1 To Demonstrate UK Innovation In Space

Going High-Tech To Probe Deeper Into Oceans

Electrified Nano Filter Promises To Cut Costs For Clean Drinking Water

Yale Scientist Helps Pinpoint Threats To Life In World's Rivers

EU may slash bluefin tuna quota in 2011: spokesman

UBC Underwater Robot To Explore Ice-Covered Ocean And Antarctic Ice Shelf

Crew circles North Pole in one summer

Study: Glaciers protected Antarctic range

Himalayan climate change action urged

No cloned steaks on EU plates

Canada to sell potash to China for 2.2 billion dollars

Scientists Prepare For Confined Field Trials Of Drought Tolerant Transgenic Maize

Charcoal Biofilter Cleans Up Fertilizer Waste Gases

West African floods swamp Benin

China braces for Typhoon Megi

377 dead in west and central African floods: UN

Major aftershock rocks New Zealand's Christchurch

Chinese bosses 'mistakenly' shot Zambia protesters: Beijing

Niger holds three officers for plot against regime

Ethiopia signs peace agreement with rebel faction

HRW calls on DRCongo to arrest former rebel, now general

How Genes Are Selectively Silenced

Study predicts women in power, Muslims heading West

Baby born from embryo frozen 19 years

'Missing link' fossil debated by science

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement